Distance from Ella – 22.8 km (44 minutes)
Muthiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple which is situated in Badulla. Buddhists consider this to be a sacred site which has been visited by Gautama Buddha. Hence, it belongs to the “Solosmasthana” which are the 16 sacred religious sites in the country. Muthiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya is also considered as one out of the 32 sacred sites where the saplings bred from the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura have been planted. King Devanampiyatissa further developed the original stupa at this location and converted it into a temple complex. Thereafter, it has been renovated several times throughout history by King Jettha Tissa I, King Datusena, King Vijayabahu I and King Parakramabahu I.
Getting to Muthiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya
From Ella travel along the Wellawaya – Ella – Kumbalwela Highway, Ella – Halpe Road and Bandarawela – Badulla Road passing Kumbalwela, Demodara and Hali-ela up to Badulla to reach the Muthiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya which is situated along Station Road in Badulla.